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The items listed for sale in 2010 isssues of our club magazine that are stil available are now included in our combined listings in the FOR SALE section, or in the 2016 and/or 2017 sections. What follows are features from 2010 issues:
TRIVIA by Ron Affolter
Tom Mix (b. January 6, 1880, Mix Run, Pennsylvania) was the top cowboy of American silent films. Mix was known for his daring stunts, and as years passed he became equally famous for his elaborate cowboy outfits; he's the model for the dandyish, squeaky-clean movie cowboy that was much parodied in later years. He also had a famous steed, "Tony the Wonder Horse." Mix's movie career ended when silent films were replaced by talkies, but later the Tom Mix radio program ran for nearly 20 years, with various actors providing the voice of "Tom Mix." Mix was married seven times to six different women.
Never had kind words for John Wayne because, many believe, he was afraid that Wayne would push him out of the limelight. That hatred grew as Wayne's star rose and, due to the fact that Mix wouldn't take a pay cut to do radio, his own star began to fall. Asked by a journalist what he thought of Wayne, Mix only replied, "The only Christian words that I could use are 'no-talent upstart'". Wayne, for his part, had disliked Mix since Wayne's college days at USC, when Mix told several members of the football team (Wayne among them) to stop by Fox Studios and he would get them jobs in the movies. Wayne and several others did so a few weeks later, only to be informed that Mix had never told anyone at the studio about his promises of employment, and they were thrown off the lot. Wayne never forgave Mix.
Served as a pallbearer at the funeral of legendary western lawman Wyatt Earp in 1929.
PONY EXPRESS by Norman Kietzer
Had a note from Ted Hakes (P.O. Box 12001, York, PA 17402) that his Americana & Collectibles Auction House is about to have their 200th auction. Ted started this business back in 1967.
We still have the following Ted Hakes published books available through our fan club:
$15.00 – Guide to Cowboy Character Collectibles.
$12.00 – Buttons In Sets
$11.50 – Six Gun Heroes Price Guide
$21.00 – Hakes Guide To Comic Character Collectibles
$14.95 – Hake's Guide to TV Collectibles
$33.00 – Collectible Pin-Back Buttons 1896 to 1968
$21.95 – Hakes Guide to Character Toy Premiums
$35.00 – Hakes Price Guide to Character Toys.
$14.95 – Illustrated Radio Premium Catalog and Price Guide – by Tom Tombusch
$9.95 – Cowboy Collectibles by Robert Heide and John Gilman
Sad to hear that the Roy Rogers – Dale Evans Museum has gone out of business and that Roy's son Dusty has sold off the material that was in the museum.
When Roy was alive he was a great friend to Westerns and Serials fan club and for years while the museum was in Victorville he had our club magazines for sale in the gift shop at the museum. We also had a very good relationship with Mrs. Frances K.Williams who was the General Manager of the museum at that time.
Apparently the Rogers-Evans Museum (which was moved to Branson, Missouri, by Dusty Rogers several years ago) met the same fate as our fan club has – namely that so many of the fans of old western movies have passed away in recent years. I know that our own fan club membership is now less than one-fourth of what it was in the prime years, and each time I mail out an issue a number of them are returned with “deceased” stamped on the envelope.
Was happy to hear that the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Collectors Association is still going strong. They hold an annual Roy Rogers Festival in Portsmouth, Ohio, each year in June. For more information write them at P.O. Box 1166, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or call LaRue Horsley at (740) 353-0900
PONY EXPRESS by Norman Kietzer
A small portion of the memorabilia from the Roy Rogers Museum that went out of business last year was purchased by the Gene Autry Museum which will now have a section on Roy Rogers. The Autry Museum is a major corporate museum compared to the much smaller family run Roy Rogers museum.
I once heard or read a comparison between the multi-millionaire Gene Autry and the well off but not nearly as rich Roy Rogers. It was by Rex Allen and it went something like this.
“If your sink was plugged up and you called both Roy and Gene and told them about your problem, Roy would be right over with his shirt sleeves rolled up carrying a snake and a plunger, while Gene would call up the most expensive plumber in California and send him to your house (paid for) to fix your sink.”
Both men would help you in their own way, and I'm glad to see that even after they are gone Gene Autry is preserving some of the Roy Rogers material with section in his expensive museum.
back to the Roy Rogers Museum material, the Gene Autry Museum did NOT
purchase the major portion of it. That was sold auction at Christies.
Some of the major prices paid were:
$266,000 for stuffed Trigger.
$35,00 for Bullet – both purchased by RFD TV.
$116,500 for Nellybelle the Jeep
$25,000 for Buttermilk
$18,750 for Trigger Jr.
In all the total sale of Roy Rogers material at Christies was $2.98 million.
RFD-TV which bought Trigger and Bullet is using them in the opening of the program on their cable network where they show Roy Rogers movies, and they are also sending the two of them on a 48 state tour of American.
You can go to www.triggerandbullet.com to learn more about the tour schedule, and the RFD-TV Roy Rogers Riders Club.
Speaking of things related to cowboy stars that are for sale, The Flying A Estate in Studio City, California, where Gene Autry lived during the last fifty years of his life is available for only $6,900,000 and for additional money you can even buy it fully furnished.
The Western Writers of America recently issued their ranking of the top western songs of all time – as follows:
Ghost Riders In The Sky
Streets of Laredo
Back In The Saddle Again
The Ballad of High Noon/Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
Oh Shenandoah/Across the Wide Missouri
Home on the Range
Red River Valley
Don’t Fence Me In
13. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
16. Cattle Call
17. Pancho and Lefty
18. Little Joe, the Wrangler
19. They Call the Wind Mariah
21. Along the Navajo Trail
22. Happy Trails
24. Yellow Rose of Texas
25. Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys
26. Ballad of Davy Crockett
27. Wayward Wind
28. Strawberry Roan
29. When the Works All Done This Fall
30. Empty Saddles in the Old Corral
31. Ballad of the Alamo
32. Mule Train
33. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
34. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
35. Amarillo by Morning
36. Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
37. Last Comanche Moon
38. Oh My Darling, Clementine
39. The Rebel (Johnny Yuma)
40. Ballad of Ira Hayes
41. North to Alaska
42. My Rifle, My Pony and Me
43. Don't Take Your Guns to Town
44. South of the Border
45. Desperadoes Waiting for a Train
46. Get Along, Little Dogies
47. Buffalo Gals
48. I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande
49. New San Antonio Rose
50. Gunfight at the OK Corral
51. Wild Montana Skies
52. Last Cowboy Song
53. Ballad of Paladin
54. Tonight We Ride
56. I'd Like to Be in Texas for the Roundup in the Spring
57. Call You Cowboy
59. Old Double Diamond
61. Hanging Tree
62. Dust Eatin' Cowboys
64. Old Timer
65. Red Headed Stranger
66. Last Wild White Buffalo
67. Jesse James
68. Faster Horses
69. El Dorado
70. Goodbye Old Paint/I'm Leaving Cheyenne
71. Tom Dooley
72. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
73. Wayfarin' Stranger
74. The Old Cantina
75. I Ride an Old Paint
77. Someday Soon
78. Summer Wages
79. Battle of New Orleans
80. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle
81. Blue Shadows on the Trail
82. O Susanna
83. Sweet Betsy from Pike
84. Colorado Trail
85. When Roy Rogers Was Around
86. Navajo Rug
87. Remember the Alamo
88. Billy the Kid
89. Life Is Like a Mountain Railway
90. Old Chisholm Trail
91. Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott
92. Desert Pete
93. Rocky Mountain High
94. Theme from the Searchers
95. Wagon Wheels
96. Vaya con Dios
97. Ridin' Down the Canyon
98. Shifting, Whispering Sands
99. Oklahoma Hills
100. Master’s Call
I have a t-shirt that reads “I like both kinds of musice – country and western.” Some people think country western is one category of music, but according to Western Music Association there are differences:
Origin:Deep South (Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Carolinas, Virginia)
a) bar songs (honky-tonk)
b) personal/family relationships (often dysfunctional)
c) African-American blues
d) broken relationships (male/female)
e) emphasis on vocal songs
f) love songs (male/female)
g) provincial "hill" music (bluegrass) (acoustic vocal/instrumental)
a) many guitars (electric, acoustic, standard, dobro)
b) fiddle, acoustic, amplified
c) mandolin, acoustic (rhythm, lead)
d) banjo, 5-string
e) bass, acoustic, or amplified
f) steel guitar (emphasizing high range)
g) drums (rock-influenced, loud, heavy)
i) piano (honk-tonk style)
Artists: Reba McIntire, Vince Gill, Statler Brothers, Kenny Rodgers, Dolly Parton' Garth Brooks, Merle Travis*, Crystal Gayle*, George Jones, John Anderson, John Conlee' Don Williams, Dwight Yoakam' Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline*, Don Williams, Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Maphis*, and Roy Clark.(*crossover)
Style: Emphasis on vocals, little instrumental music (except bluegrass), contemporary country has heavy use of drums and electric guitars in 4-square rhythms in the style of rock and roll.
Influence ; Scottish and Irish folk music, honky-tonk, bluegrass (Bill Monroe), contemporary "pop" rock and roll
Southwest and West (Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California)
a) natural (scenic) environment of the west
b) life of the cowboy
c) songs of the range (cattle drives)
d) love songs (male/female)
e) days of the early pioneers
f) dance music (hoedown, two-step, swing, schottische, "Tex-Mex," dances, etc.)
g) vocal/instrumentals, group harmony
b) steel guitar (pedal, non-pedal)
c) electric lead guitar (and acoustic rhythm)
f) brass, winds
g) bass, acoustic
h) banjo, 4-string
i) drums (big-band style)
l) amplified mandolin (jazz, swing style)*
(* = Western Swing)
Chris LeDoux, Spade Cooly, Tex Williams, Roy Rogers, Sons of the San Joaquin, Marty Robbins,
Gene Autry, Rex Allen, T. Texas Tyler, Trudy Fair, Rosalie Allen, Johnny Western, Don Edwards,
Bob Wills, Sons of the Pioneers, Lonesome Ron, Jimmy Wakely, Michael Martin Murphey, Riders in the Sky, Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West, Herb Remington, Roy Benson, Asleep at the Wheel, and Belinda Gail.
Equal emphasis on vocal and instrumental music, and group harmony. Rich variety of acoustic guitars with amplified ones, also with amplified mandolin, acoustic accordion and drums (except in vocal groups, which use bass).
Scottish and Irish ballads,
Western swing modeled after big-band arrangements (written, musicians read music), generally acoustic instruments (except for guitars), influences included: African-American blues, Dixie, ragtime, Tex-Mex, jazz, big-band swing, ballroom dancing, and others
The Silver Screen Cowboy Project is a western music entertainment tribute to B-westerns show that has made and continues to make appearances that I think most of our members would enjoy. To find out more about them go to http://www.musikode.com/ on the internet. They also have put out a CD with that title. If they appear in your area I am sure you will enjoy them.